Ask the ref?

hammer89

Well-known member
Had an odd situation the other day and was curious what the standard procedure is for this.

Started off the game with a three-man crew. About 10 minutes into game, center ref goes down with a leg cramp. Obviously, clock gets stopped, teams go to their benches and the trainer checks out the center ref.

Game restarts as a two-man system. The really odd part about it was that the crew had headsets from the beginning, and the center ends up sitting on the sideline for the remainder of the game, seemingly still communicating with the two other refs.

Has anyone seen that before? Should the center ref still been able to communicate with the other two during the game?
Yes, this is permissible. Similar to high level playoff games where they have a “fourth official,” the official not on the field is allowed to give insight/recommend calls/etc.

more commonly at the lower level, if you have a two man JV game and a three man varsity game and the varsity ref shows up before the game begins, you can consult them on things during the game. Final call still stands with the refs on the field, but they can be in communication.
 

Wingback Willie

New member
I’m curious to get the opinion of our Yapper community here. There’s a D1 school in the SW district that has a varsity assistant coach that is also a referee. Should the OHSAA allow that ref to work games in the same division he coaches? Isn’t that an inherent conflict of interest? Also, what’s your opinion on that same ref telling a kid if he re-enters the game both he and the head coach will be red carded? Since when is substituting a player violent conduct or a serious foul play?

I understand there is a ref shortage but D2, D3, club and girls’ teams need refs too.
 

hammer89

Well-known member
I’m curious to get the opinion of our Yapper community here. There’s a D1 school in the SW district that has a varsity assistant coach that is also a referee. Should the OHSAA allow that ref to work games in the same division he coaches? Isn’t that an inherent conflict of interest? Also, what’s your opinion on that same ref telling a kid if he re-enters the game both he and the head coach will be red carded? Since when is substituting a player violent conduct or a serious foul play?

I understand there is a ref shortage but D2, D3, club and girls’ teams need refs too.
Officiating the same division in regular season is fine. Officiating the same conference would not be.

shouldn’t officiate the same division in tournament.

need more clarification regarding the statement. As presented, certainly doesn’t seem good.
 

soccerdad72

Well-known member
Officiating the same division in regular season is fine. Officiating the same conference would not be.

shouldn’t officiate the same division in tournament.

need more clarification regarding the statement. As presented, certainly doesn’t seem good.

ITA - there has to be a story behind that assistant coach / ref and the other team.
 
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